Citywide chaos in Hong Kong, reports that one person was injured as car rams crowd

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Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters are close to creating a “very dangerous situation”, the city’s leader Carrie Lam warned Monday as train travel and international flights in the global financial hub were thrown into chaos.

The Hong Kong police are confirming to the Guardian they received a call earlier this morning about a car running down people near Yoho mall in Yuen Long.

A police spokeswoman said: “That [incident] happened around 10:30 today. We got a call that some people were run over by a car near Yoho mall in Yuen Long, but once police arrived there were no injured, no car and no witnesses to tell us anything.”

According to a source one person was injured in the incident.

The peak-hour efforts to lock down Hong Kong’s transport sector on Monday morning followed two months of unprecedented and often violent unrest, fuelled by demands for greater democracy in the semi-autonomous Chinese city.

Police arrested 44 people after sometimes violent clashes overnight when police fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators who moved swiftly across the city in flash mob-style actions.

City-wide strike comes to MTR station in Hong Kong
Protesters and commuters clash on a Mass Transit Railway (MTR) subway train as protesters disrupt services by preventing train doors from closing in Diamond Hill MTR station, Hong Kong, China, 05 August 2019. EPA-EFE/MIGUEL CANDELA

Speaking in a news conference on Monday morning, Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam said recent protests disrupting the former British colony are endangering the ‘one country two systems’ and destroying Hong Kong’s prosperity.

“They say want a revolution and to liberate Hong Kong. These (actions) are already far beyond their original political demands and challenges our national sovereignty and these illegal actions endanger the one country two systems and destroy Hong Kong’s prosperity, ” Lam said.

The Chinese-controlled city has been rocked by months of protests that began against a proposed bill to allow people to be extradited to stand trial in mainland China and have developed into calls for greater democracy.

Millions of people have taken to the streets to vent anger and frustration at the city’s government, presenting the biggest popular challenge to Chinese leader Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.

 

 

Via BBC/ Euronews/Reuters/ South China Morning Post/The Guardian

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